WHO: Amherst Saxophone Quartet in music of "Buffalo's Own" composers.
WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Thursday in Slee Hall, UB North Campus; 7:30 p.m. next Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church; with a shorter "preview" program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Hall, UB South Campus
ADMISSION: Thursday and next Friday, $10 general, $5 students; free preview on Wednesday
The title of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's concerts next week is "Buffalo's Own," meaning there is a strong local connection for all the composers whose works will be performed. The earliest of these is the 1972 "Suite for Saxophone Quartet" by Walter Hartley, who will be observing his 74th birthday during the Wednesday "preview" concert. Hartley has more than 200 compositions to his credit, mostly works for wind instruments, and the suite was written in largely neoclassical style for the Rascher Quartet.
The centerpiece will be the 1996 quintet "Internal Bleeding" by Mark Engebretson, who is the husband of the quartet's soprano, Susan Fancher. He will be guest saxophonist filling out the quintet. He calls the work short and uncomplicated. He says it achieves a level of hyper-expressivity with unusual techniques such as slap-tongues, quartertones, growls, glissandi and multiphonics.
Completing the program are three works created especially for the quartet. "Enchainment" was composed in 1981 by UB faculty member Robert Mols. The title represents the linking together in a single movement of diverse lyric, expressive, jazzy and innovative elements. Jonathan Golove, UB visiting assistant professor, wrote his "Closely Related Fungi" in 1997, taking as the point of departure "the strong similarities in tone color between the instruments of the saxophone family." Concluding will be Michael Sahl's 1991 Saxophone Quartet, in which he melds classical and jazz sensibilities to achieve a synthesis of "natural sophistication and delicacy with moments of exquisite vulgarity."